Winter is here but the shortest day has come and gone.
As always, it’s been a busy past few weeks here in Mt Roskill. Thank you for all the feedback and messages that you keep providing. It is vital that local residents have their say on the development and planning decisions that affect Mt Roskill.
It is disappointing to see that the Labour government is implementing changes without realising how those changes adversely affect day to day life. For instance, as of Monday 6 May several bus services were cancelled as a result of the Labour government’s employment law changes. Of the 41 services which were cancelled across Auckland, 7 of those affect the Mt Roskill electorate.
The Mt Roskill electorate has suffered a disproportionate cut in bus services which has left locals disappointed. Given the projected population growth, housing developments in the area and the four major arterial routes (Sandringham Rd, Mt Eden Rd, Dominion Rd, and Manukau Rd) which run through most of Mt Roskill, it is important there are adequate bus services available.
Based on some feedback, I have launched this petition calling on Auckland Transport to restore the 7 bus services cut that are affecting parts of the Mt Roskill electorate, and not to make any more cuts to bus services within its boundaries.
You can have your say in helping to restore these bus services by signing the online petition or paper copies are available for you to sign at my electorate office.
The other news from the last few weeks as expected has been the Budget 2019/20.
Speaking on the budget debate 2019/20
Parliament sat until Saturday following the delivery of the budget, passing urgent legislation, and the first bill passed by the Labour government has raised fuel tax adding more to the cost of living. So despite all the hype about a “Wellbeing Budget” it seems that the budget scores high on promise and low on performance. The outlook for New Zealand isn’t so rosy with the rising cost of living, fewer jobs being created, more people on benefits and in emergency housing, all the while the economy slowing faster than anyone predicted.
To National, Wellbeing starts with having a good job and being able to afford the basic costs of living. It means having a health system that meets our expectations as a prosperous first world economy, an education system where every child flourishes and safe communities to live in. You can’t have world class public services without first building a strong economy.
As the Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation and Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development, I will continue to contribute to the policy development work of the National caucus as you will see in the link below for the primary sector’s discussion document and hold the government to account to deliver!
And here are some highlights of my activities:
With guest Hon Mark Mitchell and youth forum participants
Youth voice is important and I think that a good understanding of our governance system will help them have a strong voice. I have launched a Youth Forum in Mt Roskill to encourage youth to participate in our democratic system. My Youth MP Raymond Feng is doing a great job of helping me run the Youth Forum. The inaugural session included Hon Mark Mitchell as the special guest. Both Mark and I are were so impressed by the calibre of these young ones and did such a great job during our segment. The best part was that they all left looking forward to the next session!
Coffee clinics in June
A regular feature on my calendar are my monthly coffee clinics. Thanks to those who attended the coffee clinics in Lynfield. It’s always great to meet over a cup of coffee right around the electorate and I hope to see you at my next coffee clinics. No rsvp needed, just drop by with any matters you would like to discuss in person.
Public meeting: Prostate Cancer Awareness
With Graeme Woodside, CEO of Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ
In May each year, people gather together for a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to help do some good for those affected by breast cancer. I hosted a breakfast and I thought that while we were on the topic of breast cancer awareness that it was also important we talk about prostate cancer awareness.
Notwithstanding the cold weather and heavy rain on the day, there was a great crowd for the Prostate cancer awareness public meeting with the Foundation’s CEO Graeme Woodside as the guest speaker. Graeme gave an excellent presentation which I heard was received so well by those who attended.
Growing our Prosperity
With Simon Bridges at Fieldays launching Primary Sector Discussion Document
Our schools, hospitals and infrastructure come from the wealth created by the billions of dollars in exports that we produce from our primary sector. Just recently at the Fieldays the National Party’s strong team launched a discussion paper on forward policy for the primary sector. As the National Party spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation I believe that the adoption of new technologies, particularly in the field of biotechnology is going to be the key to helping agriculture in many ways for example reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. However our laws governing biotechnology are a 20th century model. You can read my paper in this document and provide feedback here.
Volunteer’s morning tea
Volunteers nationwide contribute so much to our communities. I hosted this special volunteer’s morning tea to mark the occasion of National Volunteer Week 2019 and as a way to thank our local volunteers for all they do to enrich our community.
It was a real treat to have Cheryll Martin, the General Manager of Volunteering Auckland, join me as a special guest to share a few words about her organisation. Special thanks to all our other local volunteers who were not able to make it.
Saturday 20 July – locations and times to be confirmed.
This is a great opportunity for those who have matters they would like to discuss in person.
Public meeting: Drug reform
Tuesday 13 August
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Dr Parmjeet Parmar
National list MP based in Mt Roskill